Tanzania: Police Must Investigate Death of Human Rights Defender in Mara

Joint press statement from the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network and our member, the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition, calling for full police investigations into the death of Eustace Nyarugenda. Mr Nyarugenda, the executive director of the Action Based Community Foundation which campaigns against female genital mutilation and domestic violence, was found dead in suspicious circumstances on 4 December 2012 in Bunda district, Tanzania. EHAHRDP expresses its deep condolences to the deceased’s family.



Human Rights Defender of the month: Alex Njenga John

Alex Njenga has always believed in egalitarianism both as a principle and as a tool for justice. As a result, he has always been suspicious of, and at times hostile to social prejudices that treat some people as “more equal than others,” – to use a line from George Orwell’s famed political fable, Animal Farm.

Some of the experiences that have shaped his social and political outlook have been personal. As an adolescent in Kenya’s Uasin Gishu County, Alex was stigmatised and denied healthcare after he identified himself as belonging to Kenya’s sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) community.